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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pale Pink
Favorite Food:
Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
My Goodness.

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1937
Birth Location:
Stratford, Connecticut

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pale Pink
Favorite Food:
Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
My Goodness.

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1937
Birth Location:
Stratford
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Biography

Author Shirlee Taylor Haizlip was born on September 3, 1937 in Stratford, Connecticut. She was one of four children raised by Reverend Julian Augustus Taylor and Margaret Morris Taylor. Haizlip grew up in Ansonia, Connecticut and graduated from Wellesley College with her B.A. degree in 1959. Haizlip then received her M.A. degree in urban planning from Harvard University’s School of Urban Design in 1966.

In 1975, Haizlip joined WBNB-TV, a CBS-TV affiliate on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands where she became the first African American to serve as general manager of a CBS-TV affiliate. From 1981 until 1986, Haizlip served as director of corporate communications for WNET-TV in New York City. In 1989, she was appointed executive director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation in Los Angeles, California.

Haizlip has authored several books. In The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White (1994), Haizlip chronicles her family history. Along with her husband, Dr. Harold C. Haizlip, she co-authored In The Garden of Our Dreams: Memoirs of a Marriage (1998). Haizlip also authored Finding Grace: Two Sisters and the Search for Meaning Beyond the Color Line (2004). In addition, she published book reviews in The San Francisco Chronicle; editorial articles in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times; and essays in magazines such as American Legacy and American Visions. Haizlip appeared on many television and radio shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Larry King Live,” “Front Page,” “Dateline News,” National Public Radio and “20/20 News.”

Haizlip served as a member of the board of directors for P.E.N. West and Women in Film. Her memoir, The Sweeter The Juice, has won many awards including The Simon Wiesenthal Award and The New York Time’s “Notable Book of the Year” award. The University of New Haven awarded Haizlip an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree. When Wellesley College celebrated its 125th anniversary, Haizlip was honored as an “Outstanding Alumna” along with former U.S. Secretary of States Hillary Rodham Clinton and Madeline K. Albright.

Haizlip lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, Dr. Harold C. Haizlip. They have two daughters.

Shirlee Taylor Haizlip was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 16, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Shirlee Haizlip's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Shirlee Haizlip lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about her father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls her parents' early relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Shirlee Haizlip lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about a race riot of Wilmington, North Carolina in the early 1900s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls her family's moves to Waterbury and Ansonia in Connecticut
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her childhood neighborhood in Ansonia, Connecticut
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about witnessing a triple drowning, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about witnessing a triple drowning, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls her father's stabbing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls taking piano lessons
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her experiences of segregation in Washington, D.C. and the Carolinas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about writing in her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls her experiences at Willis School in Ansonia, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Shirlee Haizlip remembers her sister's acting career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her experiences at Ansonia High School in Ansonia, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about her early role models
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls her early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Shirlee Haizlip remembers her decision to attend Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her teachers at Ansonia High School in Ansonia, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Shirlee Haizlip remembers her classmates at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls her mentors at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her relation to William Montague Cobb
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about the racial demographics at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls the impact of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Shirlee Haizlip shares her favorite memories of Wellesley College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Shirlee Haizlip describes Wellesley College's diverse events on campus
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about her sociology studies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls her marriage to Harold Haizlip
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Shirlee Haizlip remembers her first work positions after graduating from Wellesley College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her graduate studies at Tuft University and Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about her role in Mayor John Lindsay's office of special events in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls her family's move to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Shirlee Haizlip remembers TV host Ellis Haizlip
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Shirlee Haizlip describes the TV program 'Soul!'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her role at the CBS station in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Island
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about her position at WNET-TV in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls her experiences at WNET-TV in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Shirlee Haizlip remembers the programming at WNET-TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Shirlee Haizlip describes the funding challenges during President Ronald Reagan's administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about becoming the national director at the National Center for Film and Video Preservation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls the premiere of the restored 'Lawrence of Arabia'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Shirlee Haizlip remembers writing her novel, 'The Sweeter the Juice'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her research for 'The Sweeter the Juice'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Shirlee Haizlip describes learning about her maternal ancestor, James Dandridge Halyburton
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls meeting her maternal aunt for the first time, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Shirlee Haizlip recalls meeting her maternal aunt for the first time, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about her maternal cousin meeting her daughters
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Shirlee Haizlip remembers her mother's reconnection with her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her family's understanding of racial identity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about racial identity in the United States of America
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Shirlee Haizlip describes the success of her book, 'The Sweeter the Juice'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about writing her second novel, 'Finding Grace'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about the genetic component of race
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Shirlee Haizlip remembers writing 'In the Garden of Our Dreams'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her current writing projects
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Shirlee Haizlip describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Shirlee Haizlip shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Shirlee Haizlip reflects upon her life and legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Shirlee Haizlip talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Shirlee Haizlip describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Shirlee Haizlip narrates her photographs